Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family

| Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia, June 2016

What’s It All About?

A company is like a family—everybody matters! This might sound like a trite statement, but it’s a sentiment that led Bob Chapman and his company, Barry-Wehmiller, to great success and a culture of strengthened loyalty, creativity, and team morale. By investing time into the people on his team and treating everyone as a person instead of a role, Bob found unique ways to grow together, and his company emerged from challenges like the 2008 Great Recession with little impact to their team members and more productivity and morale than ever before.

In his book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, Bob offers a behind-the-curtain peek at his career and gives an honest look at both the ups and downs of his career with Barry-Wehmiller. He’s someone I’ve followed and admired since I started out in manufacturing, and so many parts of the story in Everybody Matters resonated deeply with me and felt like they came from the heart of manufacturing.

While I felt the middle of the book could have been a bit tighter, I enjoyed the takeaways about investing time into your team. I also loved how it left readers with clear steps to transform their own teams.

Favorite Quote

“I’m not about getting the best; I’m about enabling the people I have to be the best they can be.”

Biggest Takeaway

The best employees you can have are the ones you have today. By inspiring and guiding your team, you can encourage them to show up ready to put their best foot forward every day.

To help your team members reach their full potential, you might need to work with them to find a role that fits with their skills, or help them develop or improve certain skills. Address performance issues with care, and shift your mindset to remember that if your team is not performing as expected, it may be a reflection of your own leadership.

In every interaction with your team, come from a place of care. Be authentic in conversations, and like Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller, you can find creative ways to weather challenges and grow as a team.

Reviewed by: Trevor Blondeel,  January 14, 2023

At Manufacturing Greatness, Trevor Blondeel works with manufacturers to connect the top to the shop. If you’re ready to improve your own organization, contact Trevor to learn how Manufacturing Greatness can help you build stronger leaders and develop a dynamic, high-performing workplace.